We want to help people in our community and around the world know and follow Jesus. We have partnerships with a number of missionaries and missions organizations around the world. Check back in the near future for profiles and information about our missionary partnerships.
For the past two years, the senior high students from Oakwood's SoulFire Youth Ministry have been working with Motown Mission in Detroit to help those in need. This year, we're following their lead and taking a group of students and adults to make a difference a little closer to home. This year's trip will take place from July 19-25, 2015. The Motown Mission Experience is an urban work mission destination in Detroit, MI for Christian youth, college, and adult groups interested in economic disaster recovery work in the name of Jesus Christ. You can learn more about Motown Mission online at www.motownmission.org. The total cost for the trip will be $299/person. You must register by paying a $99 non-refundable deposit by Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Motown Mission trips engage people in economic disaster relief and recovery work in the City of Detroit. Participants serve God by serving others, explore the Biblical witness regarding the poor, meet the people and experience the culture of the Motor City, and discover their own capacity for living missionally in the name of Jesus Christ. Participants will work in various neighborhoods to rebuild homes and tend Detroit’s urban agriculture. No previous experience is necessary, but the skills of the participants will be considered and utilized.
While we are joining forces with the SoulFire teens and expanding things a bit this year, there will still be some unique parts of the experience for the high schools students. The senior high SoulFire students will be working with Bobby and his team at a separate work site during the days. Also, senior high students do not need a parent to accompany them on this trip. We are encouraging families to serve together on this trip, if at all possible. Students ages 12 and up are able to participate in the trip this year, but middle school students must be accompanied by at least one parent.
Here is a quick rundown of details and important information for the trip so far:
Oakwood sent a team of 20 people on a mission trip to Guatemala from June 19-29, 2014. This was the first international mission trip from Oakwood Community Church. The team went into the mountains of Zacapa, Guatemala and the surrounding area to deliver food and other necessities to people in remote, poverty-stricken villages. We visited six villages, where we fed and played with the children, sharing God’s love and teaching them the good news of Jesus Christ. We also helped with ongoing construction of two medical clinics in the area. We partnered with Tim Fix and Hope for Tomorrow, a local organization that has been leading mission work in Guatemala for over ten years.
On Sunday, July 20th, the team led the worship service at Oakwood, sharing about the trip and the work God had done in and through us. You can watch a slideshow from the trip, or the entire worship service from Sunday, July 20th below.